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Legowelt to perform live synthesizer score for Stanley Kubrick film '2001: A Space Odyssey'


Danny Wolfers, the Dutch electronic musician who is best known by his stage name Legowelt, has revealed plans to perform a live synthesizer score for Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi epic film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The performance, which will fall as part of the 2020 edition of Grauzone Festival in The Hague, Netherlands. The 2001: A Space Odyssey project marks the third time that Legowelt has arrived into the film score scene armed with his creative drive, previously performing in connection with Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht and Werner Herzog film Fata Morgana.

Legowalk, who, in the past, has described his music as “a hybrid form of slam jack combined with deep Chicago house, romantic ghetto technofunk and EuroHorror Soundtrack,” will be channelling all of his energy into the science fiction world of HAL 3000 for his next big project.

The film, released in 1968 and widely considered one of the greatest films of all time, follows a voyage to Jupiter delves deep into subjects such as human evolution, existentialism, technology and artificial intelligence and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. The film synopsis reads: “An imposing black structure provides a connection between the past and the future in this enigmatic adaptation of a short story by revered sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke. When Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and other astronauts are sent on a mysterious mission, their ship’s computer system, HAL, begins to display increasingly strange behaviour, leading up to a tense showdown between man and machine that results in a mind-bending trek through space and time.”

While its incredible screenplay and pioneering special effects usage remain its lasting legacy, Kubrick has been heavily praised for the film’s innovative use of classical music taken from existing commercial recordings. Poignantly, the majority of the music in the film appears either before the first line of dialogue or after the final line with no music being heard during scenes with dialogue—a method that relies heavily on the substance of the sound.

Legowelt’s Kubrick inspired effort, however, will be performed on February 7th at a festival which also boasts the likes of Thurston Moore, Shame, Damo Suzuki, Lee Ranaldo and more as part of its line-up.

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